BC — an uplifting space for all

This last week I took Neo see his vet and as it turned out there was a substitute vet in for the day. The substitute spent over 15 minutes, talking and interacting with Neo and me.

While he was alternately examining and spoiling Neo we had a relaxed conversation, covering a range of topics from the Corona virus outbreak in China that has reportedly spread to cases now in the US, to how dogs who have an upset tummy eat grass which can get stuck on their tonsils that can end up with respiratory type symptoms….. I found my energy uplifted as I talked to Neo on the short drive home, and I realized the substitute vet reminded me of James Harriot the vet I loved reading about growing up in Kerala and devouring his four books — All creatures great and small, All things Bright and Beautiful, All things Wise and Wonderful, The Lord God made them all. Even today these books are a true feel good read for youngsters and adults alike…. I promise you!

James Herriot. Photo from express.co.uk

Also this week, I was saddened to hear that PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer had passed away on Thursday. This article from PBS describes how Jim and his partner Robert MacNeil covered the events of the day with a steadfast integrity that laid the foundation for broadcast journalism. Years before CNN and the Internet created the 24-hour news cycle, Lehrer and MacNeil provided gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Watergate hearings for public TV stations across the country. MacNeil retired from PBS in 1983, and Lehrer would continue to host the show for another 25 years, helping TV viewers across the country make sense of the ending of the Cold War, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and countless presidential election cycles.

Robert MacNeil’s described Lehrer as a man of considerable cognitive and moral intelligence.

Good morning, Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, January 25, 2020… A great day to be a Renegade.

There’s a Pathway for Everyone at Bakersfield College

Monika Scott, Tamara Baker and Joseph Hernandez put together an awesome new video –There’s a Pathway For Everyone. The video premiered at last week’s Opening Day and features Athletics, Industrial Technology, Culinary Arts and more. Check it out.

Welcome Week at BC

Student wait for the classes in front of the Indoor Theater.
Students return to campus for the first week of school.

The Office of Student Life (OSL) and the Bakersfield College Student Government Association (BCSGA) are kicking off the Spring 2020 semester in spectacular fashion as part of Welcome Week, which actually stretches across two weeks, January 22-31.

To make sure that our Renegades’ first day of classes runs smoothly, they’ve been hosting Welcome Tents at the Administration Building, Outdoor Theater and the Gym Huddle to pass out maps, help students find their classes, and provide information about what is going on during the first two weeks of school.

Two students hanging out in front of CSS.

On the first week of classes, BCSGA officers gave out hot cocoa and cookies, invited mentalist Richard Aimes to campus, and screened the movie “Zombieland: Double Tap” at the Panorama and Delano campuses. Next week, Welcome Week continues with a Super Smash Bros. tournament and Churros with President Samantha Pulido event hosted by BCSGA on Monday, a jumbo boxing ring in the Gym Huddle on Tuesday, a scavenger hunt across the Panorama Campus on Wednesday, and the BC Got Talent: Entertainment Gauntlet competition on Thursday. For more information, visit the Welcome Week page.

Danyel Harris from the Office of Student Life encourages students to stop by Levinson Hall to connect with their student government representatives and find out more about what they do to provide a hospitable environment on campus. Levinson Hall is also home to the Renegade Pantry, which provides snacks and fresh bread to our students every day during the semester.

Mentalist Richard Aimes.
Mentalist Richard Aimes conducts a thought experiment on the audience

As part of the Welcome Week festivities, mentalist Richard Aimes returned to the Gym Huddle on Wednesday to blow people’s minds.

Richard Ames and his assistant Marielle perform at college campuses across the country as “the MindSurfers”, using their skills of perception to entertain audiences and demonstrate the power of suggestion.

Students interested in getting involved with BCSGA for the 2020-2021 academic year can visit the BCSGA File for Elections page to learn more about the requirements. The application window for filing opens on Monday, February 3. Faculty are also encouraged to nominate students who they feel are especially qualified for office.

Thank you Nicky Damania, Benny Balderrama and all of the Office of Student Life staff for providing leadership to our ambitious student government representatives. The first week of classes went by very smoothly, and that wouldn’t be possible without everyone on the campus coming together to work for our students, including Food Services, Public Safety, the staff in the Welcome Center, and of course the faculty who are getting their students ready for the start of the semester.

Fun Photos: Renegades Come Back to School

Student intern Juan Reyes from the Marketing and Public Relations Department snapped these photos. Thanks Juan!

Women’s March

The BC team from the Women's March poses in front of the Mill Creek Park Bridge.
The BC team came out in full force to support the 2020 Women’s March.

The Women’s March Kern County 2020 inspired thousands last Saturday at Mill Creek park. This highly anticipated event saw fabulous vendors, music and incredible speakers such as Dolores Huerta and our very own Andrea Thorson. Andrea gave a powerful speech about the struggles that women face, as well as people with disabilities.

BC hosted a booth at the Women's March.
BC’s booth at the Women’s March.

Thank you to all of the Renegades who came out to support BC at the Women’s March. Check out more photos from the event below.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

BC faculty and staff also showed up to support the 20th-annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Community Awards Breakfast last Monday, honoring Dr. King’s legacy and influence on our community.

Sonya Christian with attendees of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.

This year’s keynote speaker was Brenda Lewis, was absolutely fabulous. BC’s own Steve Watkin and his wife Kim emceed the event.

Two important members of the Renegade family were recognized at this year’s banquet, including child development professor Josephine Triplett and community service organizer Polly Warren, whose

Department Spotlight: Supplemental Instruction

Welcome to Supplemental Instruction at Bakersfield College.

Supplemental Instruction (SI), is one of the variety of academic support services available to our students. In contrast to tutoring or other types of academic support, SI is structured as a series of interactive group study sessions led by one of the students’ peers.

SI Coordinator Eileen Pierce.
SI Coordinator Eileen Pierce.

Students who excel in a particular class are recommended by their professor to serve as an SI Leader for that class the following semester. The SI Leader attends class with the students and gets to know the professor’s teaching style and curricular structure directly, and taps into the power of the peer group to challenge, inform, motivate, and inspire a student’s perspective on the lecture materials.

Thank you to Eileen Pierce and all of our SI Leaders for helping out our students. For more information about Supplemental Instruction, visit the SI website.

BC Librarians Present at Regional Conference

Renegade librarians Faith Bradham and Laura Luiz gave a presentation at CSU Long Beach last week as part of the annual Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) conference.

Their presentation, titled “Please, I can assure you that The Onion is not a trustworthy source: What to do when active learning backfires”, focused on 4 solutions to problems that BC librarians have discovered while trying to help students with their research. A full description of Faith and Laura’s presentation is available on the SCIL website, along with a copy of all their slides.

Over the break, Faith also found out that her proposed chapter for a book about community college libraries was accepted by the publisher. The Academic and Research Libraries Association is developing a book on reference and instruction libraries at community colleges that will be published within the next year or two.S Faith’s chapter focuses on how information literacy courses can expose the power structures influencing how information is distributed. A significant amount of Faith’s research for this chapter will be included in her Levan Faculty Colloquium later this semester.

Thank you to Faith and Laura for all they do to point our students’ research in the right direction. It’s exciting to hear all of the great news coming out of the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library.

BC Jazz Students Perform in New Orleans

BC jazz students perform in New Orleans.
BC Jazz Students improvise at the JENerations Jazz Festival.

Ten students from the Jazz Studies program led by Professor Kris Tiner travelled to New Orleans last week to participate in the annual Jazz Education Network conference and perform their original music at the JENerations Jazz Festival. The JEN conference is a massive gathering of world-class jazz musicians, educators, and students from top jazz programs around the world.

Our students experienced four days of clinics and amazing performances while soaking up the culture of the French Quarter! On Friday they gave an incredible performance to a packed room, and received a standing ovation. Following their set, headlining clinicians Victor Wooten, Roy Wooten (aka Futureman), and Latin jazz star Jose Valentino gave them high praise and helpful advice on how to take their music to the next level.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible. Professor Tiner, Professor Kyle Burnham, Dean Manny Mourtzanos and the BC Foundation.

The BC Jazz Ensemble waits for luggage in the New Orleans airport.
The BC Jazz Ensemble waits for luggage at the New Orleans airport.

Emails Worth Sharing: Renegade Goes to Washington

Anthony Colin in Washington, DC.
BC Student Anthony Colin.

Tracy Lovelace from Academic Technology shared a great email with me from Anthony Colin, one of the students in the Renegade Hub who went to Washington, DC over break after being selected to participate in the Dwight Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program.

As part of the 99th Transportation Research Board Conference on January 11-16, Anthony researched the implementation of HOV lanes in Los Angeles to see if they could help Bakersfield with its worsening traffic congestion. With help from MESA Directors Martin Perez and Connie Gonzalez, as well as faculty advisor Patrick Aderhold, Anthony submitted an abstract of his research in August of 2019 and presented a poster of his research at the conference.

Thank you to Anthony for beautifully representing BC at our nation’s capital. Thank you also to Marin Perez, Connie Gonzalez, Dr. Aderhold, Michelle Galaz-Miller, Dr. Stephen Waller, and BC for supporting the implentation of the grant. Finally, thank you to the MESA Alliance for inviting us to apply along with four other colleges for this student opportunity.

Renegade Athletics

Renegade football introduces new head coach

Our new football coach R. Todd Littlejohn met the local media during his second day on the job this Thursday. Attending the press conference with him was his wife Toiyan and parents Ron and Charlie May.

R. Todd’s mother was among the first BC class to graduate on the Panorama campus. She then worked on campus as the English Department secretary and was the first employee to serve BC for 43 years (from 1956-1999 – thank you Jerry Ludeke for the info!). We look forward to seeing coach Littlejohn out on the sidelines this season leading the Renegades!

Renegade Athletics updates from this past week

Fun Photos: Baseball Scrimmage Vs. Merced College

Spring Sports Schedules

We have a huge spring semester packed full of Renegade Athletics. Make sure to catch any or all of our 10 spring sports in action in the coming weeks and months. Links to the schedules are below, so check your calendar and make plans to be in the stands wearing red cheering on our Renegades!

Athletic events ‘On the Hill’ this coming week

Be sure to put on your Renegade Red and cheer on our student athletes as they compete this coming week. If you can’t make it in person, check GoGades.com to catch the livestream. Events include:

  • Tue. 1/28 Women’s Tennis vs. Fresno, 2pm
  • Tue. 1/28 Baseball vs LA Pierce, 4pm
  • Thu. 1/30 M/W Tennis vs. Reedley, 1pm
  • Sat. 2/1 Swimming hosts Alumni Meet, 9a
  • Sat. 2/1 Women’s Basketball vs Santa Monica, 3pm
  • Sat. 2/1 Men’s Basketball vs Santa Monica, 5pm
  • Sat. 2/1 Baseball vs. Cerro Coso, 6pm


That’s all for now.

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.

sonya-
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

#LetsDoThis2020

For most of last week I was at the accreditation commission meeting in San Diego and marveled at the rigorous, professional, smart conversations as we deliberated on the pertinent topics of the meeting. Although the schedule was long I was able to sneak out for walks and enjoy the ocean air. What’s not to like about the beach, the breeze, and all things beautiful?

Our campus was coming alive after the two-week winter recess, with faculty and staff gearing up to welcome our students next week.

Let’s Do This 2020

Good morning, Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, January 18, 2020… A great day to be a Renegade.

Spring 2020 Opening Day

Bakersfield College welcomed the spring semester with another inspiring opening day. Faculty, staff and administrators enjoyed fellowship and a continental breakfast on a chilly Thursday morning, compliments of Food Services.

We started off with a preview of a great new promotional video on the BC Pathways. You will have to check back to my blog to see when it is published.

Samantha pointing to the crowd.

Samantha Pulido, BCSGA President, pointed out all of the wonderful 20’s she expects in 2020, including her age of 20 and graduation in May 2020. The BCSGA worked on building their bonds within their team and with the student body. They will be expanding to the rural areas with a representative in Delano and activities in the Lamont community. She asked that faculty and staff nominate students for the BCSGA elections this spring, notified us that the transportation fee will be on the ballot again, and asked that we encourage students to purchase their KVC sticker that gives the student benefits while funding many of the services they provide, including the Renegade Pantry.

CSEA’s secretary Mary Webb represented the union chapter for Bernadette Martinez and gave us an introduction to the new E-Board.

Mary at the podium.

This year we completed and opened the first Measure J project, the Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Resource Center. This short video tells about the wonderful new space for our Veteran students.

Bill Potter and Todd Coston made Tamara Baker feel a little left out when they showed up wearing nearly the same outfit to give us an update on Measure J. This map shows what a large chunk of the Panorama section is under construction, construction that has completed, and the swing space we are using to make sure that services are not disrupted.

Map showing the campus center, field house, and science and engineering areas shaded.

Thank you Kern County for voting Yes on J on Nov 8, 2016

There are 14 projects in construction this year (!) including some behind-the-scenes infrastructure, the Campus Center, the Science & Engineering building and the new Gym and Field House.

Employees seated in the theater.

Commencement will be May 15, 2020 and we will begin construction on the new Gym and Field House on May 16. The new field house is scheduled to be completed in 2022. Other upcoming projects include the Admin Annex, the Delano Learning Center and so much more. Did you know that 76% of our project work is being done by local companies? We are keeping it local by hiring architects and contractors from Kern County whenever possible.  You can stay updated on completion dates at the Measure J Project Schedule and Contractor Information. The best way to stay updated is to follow A Better BC on social media:

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A Better BC YouTube Channel
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Academic Senate was represented by Vice President Victor Diaz who announced that enrollment is up and that their first meeting will be February 5th. 

Victor speaking from the podium.

Endee Grijalva encouraged everyone to attend the annual Women’s March happening this morning at Mill Creek Park, downtown. Andrea Thorson will be speaking at this year’s event and you can read about it in my blog next week.

Management Association President, Manny Mourtzanos, acknowledged the new managers that joined us and told us about his re-election campaign platform of “Dogs for All.”

Donna Starr announced the Norm Levan Faculty Colloquium awards for the year. For Spring, Faith Bradham on her work challenging the dependability of online information and how to conduct research for academics and for Fall, Paula Parks on “The Secret of Umoja’s Success.” Each recipient is awarded with a poster, plaque, stipend, and a platform to present their work publicly.

Donna speaking from the podium.

The third part of the opening day presentation concerned our national conversation on a very emotional, controversial, and sensitive topic — school shootings.

Nicky Damania and Todd Coston showed a few videos that were intended to ensure we all understand the seriousness of this topic and to understand what we can do to prepare for such a situation. There are things we all can do to prepare. Get to know your students. Notice changes and recognize the signs that a student is troubled.

As always, we closed with “We are BC!”

Educational Master Plan Session

Faculty and college leaders were invited to participate in a group session as we collaborate on the development of BC’s 2020-2023 Educational Master Plan. We value this time as one to reflect on our growth and changes over the last 3 years, evaluate and use this knowledge to plan for the future.

Todd Coston socializes with the audience.

In May 2019, Bakersfield College awarded 3,335 degrees and certificates – the largest graduating class in the history of the college.  Among them were 94 rural high school students earning their Associate Degrees for Transfer at the same time they earned a high school diploma via Early College.  Ninety percent of BC’s 10,000+ Early College enrollments are students of color who achieve a 90% course success rate.

Grace Commiso presents to the audience.

Looking forward, we know that the CA Community College system plays an important role in preparing people for the future that we collectively want and need.

Staff and faculty gathered to participate in the session.

Lesley Bonds spoke about BC’s intersegmental approach for advancing baccalaureate attainment in our region and state. One example mentioned was BC’s Early College program, whose enrollments have grown tremendously. With a focus on streamlining the educational flow, Bakersfield College no longer waited for high school students to graduate and to make the decision to attend college, BC intentionally went out to the high schools and invited their students to experience college as a Renegade instead. With a student base of primarily first-generation students, this has been a huge game changer and streamlined the educational process with an end-game focus on a transfer degree to “Finish in 4” with a bachelor’s degree.  

Lesley Bonds speaks on stage about intersegmental work.

Jessica Wotjsyiak shared data on equity completion through guided pathways and mentioned innovations regarding entrepreneurship, health education, and learning. She spoke about goals that include increasing the number of Career Education students who report employment in their field of study and more. Bill Moseley took the stage to share thoughts on leveraging academic technology for the future. 

Jessica W. shares data with the crowd

Flex Week

Flex week offered participants over 50 unique workshops. Those that were particularly popular included Brown Act Training where Grant Herndon from Schools Legal Service spoke to committee members and others affected by the Brown Act. Todd Coston presented on how to Organize your Life with Outlook. Chef Alex and Stephen Tavoni taught faculty and staff how to eat healthier and demonstrated how to make cauliflower tacos. Our adjunct faculty came together Wednesday night and learned about emergency preparedness and got some tips from a panel of faculty about managing their classrooms.

Here are some fun photos of the workshops:

Adjunct Night

Wait, what? Is this just another meeting? No, this is a special meeting to support our adjunct faculty. Participants ranged from newbies to adjunct with over 20 years of experience.

BC College Adjunct Faculty Seminar beginning slide with organizers.

Information was shared about starting and ending a semester, important drop dates, and what to do the week before school starts — as well as best practices in the classroom. After viewing some videos on Active Shooter Responses, a discussion followed by participants. Did you know you can text 911?

Panel of faculty laughing.

A fun panel of full-time faculty provided tips on what is helpful to know as an adjunct. They shared the philosophy of managing a classroom; the importance of a syllabus; communicating with students; and building a peer support group.

Audience.

If you missed the Adjunct Seminar, another seminar will occur in the fall.

Building a Better BC

Measure J projects are well underway, with the Veterans Resource Center being completed in December and the Campus Center scheduled to conclude this fall. Over winter recess, we have begun setting up the construction site for the new Science & Engineering building. This new three-story building is approximately $65 million and is over 68,000 square feet, with new labs and classrooms including our very own Makerspace and Robotics lab. Thanks to the 2016 Kern County voters approving Measure J, BC will be able to offer more classes in the future for our students utilizing these new spaces. Check out these great renderings from HMC Architects who are working on the project. 

Rendering of the Science & Engineering building.

Make sure to join us for the groundbreaking ceremony on March 24th as we embark on our newest construction project with our contractor Bernards and the AECOM/Parsons project management team! 

For up-to-date walking paths visit A Better BC Construction Maps.

Umoja Orientation

Bakersfield College’s Umoja Community ASTEP held its first orientation events of the semester last week.

Paula Parks

Members of the Umoja Club student organization led the orientation for new members, encouraging them to share in an active learning experience with their fellow students, learn more about African-American culture, and attend future club field trips.

Group of new Umoja students.

On Thursday, Dr. Parks invited Dr. Chike Akua from Clark Atlanta University to talk about his book “Honoring Our Ancestral Obligations: 7 Steps to Black Student Success”, which motivates black students to fulfill their cultural responsibilities through educational achievement. Thank you to Dr. Parks, Dr. Akua, and Umoja Community students for their determination and commitment to our BC community.

Christmas Tree Recycling Wrap up

This week was the last week for the City of Bakersfield’s Christmas Tree Recycling Drive that BC participates in every year. Residents were able to drop off Christmas trees at the Southwest parking lot between Christmas Day and January 17.

This year, Robert Manuel from the City of Bakersfield’s Solid Waste Division estimates that his department ground up 57 tons of pine trees and turned them into organic mulch at the Mount Vernon Recycling and Composting Facility. BC and the Kern County Fairgrounds were this year’s Christmas tree drop-off locations in the city of Bakersfield, and residents were also able to cut up their trees themselves and leave them inside their green waste baskets for pick-up. Manual has noticed a decrease in the amount of trees recycled by the city of Bakersfield every holiday season, which he attributes to consumers choosing to buy plastic, reusable trees for their annual decorations.

Old Christmas trees in the parking lot.

Jack Pierce Bluegrass Festival

BC geology professor Jack Pierce kept busy during the break as one of the organizers of a bluegrass festival at the Bakersfield Marriott downtown last weekend. Bluegrass musicians from across the state gathered at the annual Great 48 Jam, which took place Thursday, January 9 through Saturday, January 11.

Reporter Bowen West covered the Great 48 Jam in an article published last Friday, and it was also featured heavily in entertainment columnist Matt Munoz’ weekly events round-up. The festival is now in its tenth year, and this year’s edition boasted 2,800 musicians from across the country who jammed together between workshops for banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Jack Pierce, who can often be seen playing his banjo at events here on the BC campus, is quoted in Bowen West’s article as praising the challenging and fast nature of bluegrass music.

“It’s good music that offers a good system of values,” Pierce said.

Jack playing his banjo at an Academic Support services event.

BC Attends the 2020 Bakersfield Chamber Installation Luncheon

On Wednesday BC attended the annual Bakersfield Chamber Installation Luncheon, where Derek Jeffrey of KGET became the new Chairperson of the Chamber. Huge shout out to the outgoing board chairwoman Darlene Mohkle of Castle & Cooke who puts in so much time for the betterment of our community. Sue Benham who was integral in the Measure J campaign was also recognized as she is an outgoing board member. I am proud to be a member of such a dynamic board with a dynamic staff. Nick Ortiz and the Chamber team do very good work to advance Bakersfield.

Derek Jeffrey and Jean Fuller

Chamber CEO Nick Ortiz also noted that 2020 is the Chamber’s Centennial year! It was founded in 1920 and has never ceased to support businesses in Bakersfield. Bakersfield College is proud to support the Bakersfield Chamber and see what 2020 has in store!

Fun Photos

Mike and Zav Football Rivalry. Thank you Catherine!

San Francisco 49er with Zav's face tackling a Green Bay pack with Mike face.

Manny De Los Santos shared this great picture of the dramatic changes happening from our Measure J Construction.

three-story building being constructed.

Opening Day takes a team and M&M (Monika Scott and Manny De Los Santos) were here early to put on finishing touches:

Monika with Manny and a thumbs up in the studio.

Renegade Athletics

Welcome R. Todd Little John Bakersfield College Football Head Coach BC.

Renegade Athletics Hires New Football Coach – R. Todd Littlejohn

You may have already heard the news this week that Renegade Athletics hired R. Todd Littlejohn as the new head football coach after Coach Chudy stepped down. We are excited to welcome R. Todd back to Bakersfield as he grew up in Bakersfield, attended BHS and played football here at BC before moving on to his coaching career. He brings a wealth of experience to his new position here at BC after a career full of coaching at multiple NCAA Division I universities and also in the NFL. You can ready more about R. Todd in the press release on GoGades.com or in the article written on him by Clay Cunningham of The Californian.

Renegade Athletics updates from this past week:

Jump shot.

Athletic events ‘On the Hill’ this coming week

Be sure to put on your Renegade Red and cheer on our student athletes as they compete this coming week. If you can’t make it in person, check GoGades.com to catch the livestream. Events include:

  • Wed. 1/22 Women’s Basketball vs West LA, 5pm
  • Wed. 1/22 Men’s Basketball vs. West LA, 7pm
  • Fri. 1/24 Softball vs Mt SAC, 2pm
  • Fri. 1/24 Softball vs. San Mateo, 6pm
  • Fri. 1/24 Baseball vs. Feather River, 6pm
  • Sat. 1/25 Softball vs. Santiago Canyon, 2pm
  • Sat. 1/25 Baseball vs. Moorpark, 6pm
  • Sun. 1/26 Baseball vs Taft, 2pm
Sonya Christian


That’s all for now.

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.

sonya-
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

BC Hits the Ground Running in 2020

The first week of 2020 at BC was an active one, and for me the highlights included watching our Basketball teams play at the Gil Bishop gymnasium and seeing the Measure J campus center construction moving so rapidly. Btw, the team won the first conference game against Citrus College 65-40!

The two weeks that BC was closed for Christmas were just great. I had the perfect vacation at home …the first week with my daughter who visited for four days for Christmas, what a treat to have her for that long a time. The second week quiet with lots of walks, curling up in front of the fireplace with a book, cooking, and catching up on home projects. Talking about reading here are a few of my favorite reads from 2019.

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Back to basketball and athletics. Not sure if you were aware that student athletes outperform the college average in metrics for academic performance. These kids play hard in their sport and work hard in their coursework. Here is a quote from the my recent State of the College report: student-athletes outperform the general student population on all of the Guided Pathways Momentum Points. In fact, in Fall 2018, 62% of first-time student-athletes attempted 30+ units in their first year, compared to their peers at 12%. Our coaches are the very best. It was wonderful watching Coach Paul Dahl, Coach Rich Hughes, and Coach Aaron Chavez in action yesterday.

McFarland Cougars and BC Renegades are so connected… The fabulous Superintended of McFarland, Aaron Resendez tweets:

Here is a 17-sec fun video of our Men’s team.

Renegade Mens Basketball

2020 Women’s Empowerment Summit at BC

Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit to be hosted at Bakersfield College on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  This annual Summit is organized by the California Latino Leadership Institute (CLLI) and launched in 2016 to address Central Valley women’s issues with gender gaps, career barriers and prospects for the future.  You can learn more about it at their website

Last year’s conference featured appearances from Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez, California Assembly Member Rudy Salas, and several women from the local petroleum industry. Aera Energy President and CEO Christina Sistrunk was also recognized by CLLI as the 2019 Distinguished Woman and Petroleum Advocate of the Year.  Check out this great video from last year’s Summit and please join us for this year’s wonderful event!

BC Welding Students Tour PCL Industrial Services

BC Job Developer Carlos Medina organized an industry tour of PCL Industrial Services for our Bakersfield College welding students on December 20th. Thank you to Carlos for organization this, and thank you to PCL Industrial Services for opening doors for our students!

Welcoming BC Students With One Day Express Enrollment

The new year is upon us, and the Spring 2020 semester is about to begin in just a few weeks here at BC. To get our students ready, the Outreach Department held a One-Day Express Enrollment event in the Welcome Center to integrate members of the community into the Renegade family.

Counselors and student interns made sure that the incoming students got into the right classes that fit into their busy schedules. I would like to congratulate all of our future Renegades for letting us help you reach your educational goals.

BC Welcomes 26 New BPD Officers

Friends, family, and members of law enforcement packed nearly every seat in the Indoor Theater on Thursday to celebrate 26 new officers who had just finished the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy. Bakersfield Police Department Class 19-01 is the first to graduate from the new training facility on California Avenue and the first wave of new officers that will hit the streets since the passage of Measure N, which provides $58 million in funding to enhance public safety around the city.

Photo courtesy of The Bakersfield Californian

I would like to thank the Bakersfield Police Department for choosing the home of the Renegades to host their graduation ceremony. Check out the article by Quinn Wilson of the Bakersfield Californian to learn more about Class 19-01.

State of the BC Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts Pathway

At the last College Council meeting the Agriculture, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (ANC) Completion Team consisting of Juan Manzano, Dominca Trindad, Corny Rodriguez and LeAnn Riley presented the status of their pathway.  They found that since Fall 2014, the number of first-time students in the pathway has increased by almost 2.5 times to a total of 304 students.  If you include dual enrollment numbers, it has increased nearly six times!! Great job, team!!    

The ANC Pathway provides a large variety of exciting degree options that will lead to many in-demand careers. The focus of this pathway is to learn while doing by offering courses designed for students to have hands-on experience, develop problem-solving skills, and provide industry standard experience. Students can earn a variety of industry accepted certificates of achievement and associates degrees for those who want to enter the workforce directly from Bakersfield College. Some of those areas of concentration include occupational safety and risk management, forestry, animal science, and heavy equipment technician to name a few! You can check out all of the degrees and certificates offered at the ANC website

Student Employment Scoop: Careers in Overdrive

This week’s Student Employment Scoop newsletter (see excerpt below) highlighted the ongoing work in BC’s Authomative Technology department.  Take a look and learn about the opportunities BC has to offer!

Automotive Technology Associate Professor Vic Posey, in just a few short years, has grown the Automotive Internships into a model program. Assessing student’s strengths, he invites students to participate each summer to be placed at different companies throughout Kern County. Over the summer two particular students shifted their careers into overdrive. Diana Barrios began as an Engineering major, but also wanted to learn some basic maintenance so she registered for the Introduction to Automotive Technology course and was hooked. Over the summer she was placed at GMC Motor City and after only one month was offered a full time position. But because she was still working towards her degree she agreed to a part time position with GMC who was willing to work around her school schedule. Diana is the second in her family to attend college, she is the only female Gas Drivability Technician at GMC, and has moved into a full time position. Diana only has one class left to complete her Automotive Technology Associate Degree.

Shifting gears to Edgar Villasenor, who much like Diana, was the second in his family to go to college. He was placed at Jim Burke Ford Quick Lane for his internship, and within 2 weeks completed his required 60 hours. His work ethic and diligence caught the attention of his internship supervisor and one month after completing his required hours they called to offer him a full time position. Ford was able to provide flexibility with his school schedule. Edgar is a Lube Technician for Jim Burke Ford Quick Lane but wants to work bumper to bumper in the main shop one day and has 4 classes left to graduate in May 2020.

Both students agreed that when the opportunity to connect with the industry presents itself to TAKE IT! But you have to put in the work and want to be there. They also say, “It’s not enough to just do your school work, you must learn how to effectively communicate with coworkers and customers.”

Pictured Left to Right Diana Barrios, Vic Posey, Edgar Villasenor

Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Community Awards Breakfast

Two members of the Renegade family will be recognized at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Community Awards Breakfast on January 20. Josephine Triplett was a long-time child development professor here at BC, and Polly Warren is a community service organizer whose husband Harvey Warren was a BC counselor.

BC’s Steven Watkin at last year’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Awards Breakfast Celebration at the MLK Community Center. Rev. Watkin was the master of ceremonies for the event. Photo courtesy of The Bakersfield Californian.

The breakfast is held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center every year to honor individuals for their acts of generosity and kindness in the community. Honorees include civil rights attorney Kathleen Faulkner, Dolores Huerta, and Memorial Hospital CEO Ken Keller.

Thank you to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee for recognizing our Renegades. For more information about the breakfast, read Ema Sasic’s article in the Bakersfield Californian.

Fun Photos: Bill Potter Working Hard

Upon returning from Winter Recess, life at BC can get hectic, but leave it to Bill Potter to find some time to turn work into play!

Bill putting his Measure J construction knowledge to work.

Fun Photos: BC Supporting Astromech Droids

I returned to campus this week and found a Christmas present waiting for me in my office…. Astromech Droid sweatshirt (often most recognizable as R2D2 in the Star Wars saga).  Thanks to a dear colleague who knew that I was a Star Wars fan and this sweatshirt has Industrial Automation emblazoned in bold with Astromech Droid in smaller lettering underneath it. A marriage of BC and Star Wars.

Governor Newsom’s Focus on Education

Reporter Michael Burke recapped Governor Gavin Newsom’s first year of higher education initiatives in an article published in EdSource on Monday.

In his first year of office and with the help of the state legislature, Governor Newsom has increased the number of available competitive Cal Grants, increased funding for the California College Promise, and launched the Council for Post-Secondary Education, an advisory board of education, business and labor leaders to help Newsom shape policy on college access and student success initiatives. The article quotes several experts and analysts from the California higher education community, including Campaign for College Opportunity President Michele Siqueiros, one of our partners in the Educational Systems and Intersegmental Pathways Task Force.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In 2020, Newsom and the legislature will be working on reforming financial aid to cover non-tuition costs. Check out Michael Burke’s informative, detailed article for more information about the present and future of community college statewide.

Jeff Chudy Steps Down as Renegade Football Coach

After 16 seasons of leading the Renegade Football program, head coach Jeff Chudy decided to retire from coaching, and back to full time teaching, this last week. Including his time as an assistant coach, Jeff has spent almost 30 years roaming the sidelines at Memorial Stadium coaching football. We are grateful for his many years of service to the college and the countless hours he spent teaching and leading our Renegade student athletes. The 2012 football season he coached was particularly extraordinary when he led the Renegades to a record of 11-2 and the State Championship, routing City College of San Francisco 35-14 in the title game at Memorial Stadium in front of over 18,000 fans.

Coach Jeff Chudy

Renegades of the Week

Renegade Athletics is proud to announce this week’s (12/29-1/4) Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Renegades of the Week:

Julie Hernandez, Women’s Basketball – Julie was a driving force in helping the Renegades to a huge come-from-behind victory at home last Saturday against Reedley College, 68-63. She was 40% from the field, led the team in rebounds with 11 boards, scored 13 points and had 3 assists.

Javier Gallardo, Men’s Basketball – Javier led the Renegades in two big wins hosting the Western State Classic this last weekend. In their 106-52 win over Santa Barbara he had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. In their 101-54 win over Oxnard he had 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Renegade Athletics Updates From This Past Week

Men’s Basketball Hosted 2020 Western State Classic

Game 1 win over Santa Barbara, 106-52

Game 2 win over Oxnard, 101-54

Women’s Basketball with come-from-behind victory over Reedley

Athletic events ‘On the Hill’ This Coming Week

Be sure to put on your Renegade Red and cheer on our student athletes as they compete this coming week. If you can’t make it in person, check GoGades.com to catch the livestream. Events include:

Wed. 1/15 Women’s Basketball vs Glendale, 5pm

Wed. 1/15 Men’s Basketball vs. Glendale, 7pm

A look back as we look forward

Good morning, Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, January 4, 2020… A great day to be a Renegade.

As we look forward to the new decade, let’s take a look back at where we’ve been. I thought I’d start with some fun photos from our archives of a rare but beautiful sight… BC in the snow!

Archive Throwback: Winter Wonderland at Bakersfield College

Here are some photos from 1987:

And two featuring Memorial Stadium and the baseball field from 2001:

Archive Throwback: How it all started on the hill

It was April 30th, 1953, that Bakersfield College broke ground and began construction on this empty, barren, dirty, and dusty 153-acre lot on the Panorama Bluffs. The thriving, alive, and robust BC campus we have today is because forward thinkers had a vision of providing for future generations. Breaking ground on our beloved campus, overlooking the prolific Kern River oil field was just the beginning of a rich history at 1801 Panorama Drive.

The needs of Kern County and the future success of our students has been the highest priority for the past 106 years. On opening day in 1913, Bakersfield College began with 13 students. Thirteen students who went on to gain skills and education necessary to make a better life for themselves, and to give back to their community.

Ariel photo of the BC campus during construction in 1955

Today, our enrollment numbers are upwards of 35,000 students – and we continue to grow. Bakersfield College is a place where learning happens. Increasingly, our community is coming to BC to learn. And increasingly, BC is learning how to better serve our community.

BC has seen tremendous growth in the last five years. In 2018-19, BC enrolled 35,992 students, a 42% increase since 2014-15. Some highlights of BC’s major accomplishments in 2019 include:

  • 94 Early College Students earned an Associate degree the same year as their high school graduation; a 147% increase from the previous year
  • 17 Inmate Scholars graduates with an Associate Degree for Transfer in Communications; this was the first graduating class from BC’s Inmate Scholars
  • 7,994 awards in 2018-19, a 57.7% increase from the previous year
  • 12 Baccalaureate of Science degrees were awarded, a 71% increase from the previous year

BC is serving students across Bakersfield in various locations including Panorama, downtown at the Weill Institute, BC Southwest on Camino Media, throughout various high school locations, and online. BC is our community’s college and we are here to serve our students regardless of location. Over the past few years, we’ve addressed several transportation and access barriers by expanding course locations to our rural communities AND with various student services on wheels traveling to Shafter, Wasco, McFarland, and more!

As we begin a new year with new challenges, new objectives, and new achievements ahead, our priority will always remain the same – the support, safety, and success of BC’s students.

Archive Throwback: The Big Move

The BC Archives Newsletter dated April 2006 featured the “Move to the Hill” on BC’s 50th anniversary. In light of our progress last year with transforming the campus through the work of Measure J, let’s take a look at where it all began with “The Big Move.”

The Big Move by Edward Simonsen

“Bakersfield Junior College has, since its establishment in 1913, shared a campus with Bakersfield High school or, as it was known in the early years, KCUHS, commonly called KC. Actually, the junior college was more like a stepchild on the high school campus, having grown from efforts to extend the high school offerings and meet some of the needs of of the community for college-level courses.

Former BC President, Ed Simonsen

For years the College had dreamed of having its own campus, but depression and war had intervened, and it wasn’t until 1955 that the cornerstone would be laid for its new home up on the Panorama bluffs. Although the earthquakes of 1952 were destructive in the extreme, they were fortuitous for what was to be called Bakersfield College. A bond issue following the earthquakes easily passed for a handsome sum in those days of $17 million, and the building of a new college was included in this bond. It was finally going to be time for ‘the big move.’

Grace Bird, who was the dean of the junior college from 1921 until 1950, had visions of a college on a hill. In April 1956, with Ralph Prator at the helm, Bakersfield College, as it was now called, was built on a hill, a wonderful 150 acres up on the Panorama bluffs where it has seen a very productive fifty years, serving tens of thousands of students, and touching the lives of families all over Kern County.

Former President, Ralph Prator

In President Prator’s greetings to the students in the 1956 yearbook, The Raconteur,  he stated ‘The trip to the promised land took place this year. The waters of the big sea of speculation parted to let the red and white clad B.C.-ites into the shore of a new era.’

After many years of dreaming, and after four years of intensive planning and building, the big move took place over Easter vacation, 1956. There were those who thought it would be easier to wait until summer vacation to make the move, and asked rather pointedly, ‘What’s the big rush?’ But the students of the class of 1956 had a compelling argument that favored moving during the spring term. They had been looking forward to being the first class to receive their degrees from the campus on the hill, and they did not want to be denied this distinction. Their views carried the day and the move was made during spring break.

The junior college of 1955-56 was intertwined with the high school. The faculty were shared, and the big question as the move became imminent was who on the teaching faculty would go with the college, and who would stay on at Bakersfield High School. There was a lot at stake in these decisions both at the individual and institutional levels. There was triumph and disappointment at the decisions were made and announced. Bakersfield Junior College had developed a very strong cadre of faculty, some of whom also taught high school classes. And there were also very effective faculty teaching at the high school level who aspired to go with the college. So, these matters had to be settled, and ruffled feathers smoothed.  As the 1955 academic year moved along, decisions were made and the college moved on with its plans for complete separation from the high school. These were not easy decisions, and there were many agonizing moments, and some tears shed.

The faculty, and the entire staff, to some degree, were involved in the planning of the new campus; Ralph Prator saw to that. But Ralph delegated responsibility for actually moving everything and everybody to me, so I had the experience of coordinating the big move. The job was made easier by the fact that much of the new furniture, and all of the new equipment had always been ordered and delivered to the new campus. The move was accomplished with rented panel trucks, with everyone helping, including faculty, administrators, staff, and students. While there were a few hitches, the move went fairly smoothly, and to everyone’s surprise classes were held starting Monday morning, April 2, 1956 in Bakersfield College’s new home on the hill.

1956 BC Raconteur excerpt about the big move

In the 1956 Raconteur, the students wrote what we all felt at the time when they said, ‘Bakersfield College was entering a new and exciting period in its history, a period filled with opportunities to become the finest community college in the nation.’ 

In the intervening 50 years this statement has turned out to be prophetic, as the College has established itself state-wide and nationally as ‘one of the best.’

Those were exciting times in the history of Bakersfield College, and all of us who had a part in the big move have fond recollections of the events and the people connected to the College realizing Grace Bird’s vision of a college on a hill.”

1956 BC Raconteur

Archive Throwback: Memories of the Move

The archives newsletter is full of gems like these memories captured in the words of those who were here…

And what about that first-class flag pole? It is only fitting that our Administration building is now called McCuen Hall…. Here is the view of BC’s administration building from the original parking lot.

And here is what McCuen Hall (BC’s Admin building) looks like today.

A Wonderful Year for the Renegade Pantry

The Renegade Pantry has grown tremendously since its opening and its numbers more than doubled from serving 3,200 individual students during Spring 2019, to over 7,500 for Fall 2019! The ongoing support from our community is very much a part of this daily endeavor!

BC Student holding one of the first aid kits in the Renegade Pantry

Through a community grant obtained from Kern Family Health Care, the pantry will be offering personal first aid kits (while supplies last) to BC students who visit the Renegade Pantry during the first week of the Spring Semester!

Thank you again to Kern Health Systems!

BCSGA Gears up for Gaming

BC’s Renegamer Club

In more recent news, BCSGA will begin to host video gaming centered events in an effort to meet students, encourage friendly competition, and have fun. Esports (electronic sports) is quickly emerging as a big industry and by hosting more video game based events, BCSGA hopes to use this as a way to connect with more of the student body. The first planned event will be held in welcome week with a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament on Monday January 27th.

UMOJA Community Celebrates Mentors and Student Success

At the Umoja Celebration of Mentors and Student Success, Umoja Community students acknowledged the support they received from their mentors. Included in the December celebration were students expressing appreciation for the faculty who contributed to a successful semester and a commemoration of Kwanzaa.

Some of this semester’s Umoja students with
Dr. Parks, Umoja Coordinator (right).

Kwanzaa, created by Dr. Karenga in 1965, is an African-American holiday celebrating cultural values. It is observed December 26 through January 1. Students lit a candle for each of the seven principles, starting with unity (Umoja) and ending in faith (Imani). Dr. Karenga, as the students explained, noted that unity is what is needed to begin the work and faith is needed to sustain it.

Umoja mentors are faculty, staff, and community members matched with students based on personality and career interest. Many of the tributes were touching, especially Arkeliah’s thanking BC staff member June Charles.

Some of the much-appreciated Umoja mentors, including Professor Robinson, Professor Hunter, Ms. Charles, Counselor Mr. Agard, and Director of Outreach, Early College, and AAI Mr. Watkin.

Zariyah spoke for the students in expressing how much she appreciated the caring staff. For example, she said she went to her appointment with Dr. Parks without her draft assignment because of computer difficulties. She said Dr. Parks was so understanding about the situation and that helped her not to feel discouraged. Zariyah also thanked Ms. Burch, the Umoja librarian, for being sympathetic and accommodating about letting her make up the final exam since she was out of town spending time with an aunt who is battling cancer.

Four students spoke on persistence and what sustained them throughout the semester as they got discouraged. Tahnjanique said, “There were many obstacles put in front of me, such as financial struggles. There was a point when we couldn’t pay the light bill, and I stayed up all night all at a friend’s house just to get my work done….”

Christopher credited competition with his younger brother Aaron for helping him return to college and be successful. He referenced the African proverb: If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Christopher ended with, “As a unit, we can go far. There is no limit.

Spotlight on Academic Technology and Flex Week

Every spring semester starts with Flex Week, when faculty and staff come back to campus a week before instruction begins to get ready for the return of students. BC’s Academic Technology and Professional Development team organizes a full week of informative and entertaining workshops, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to highlight their important work not just in Flex Week, but throughout the semester.

As program manager Pamela Rivers explains, Academic Technology breaks down knowledge barriers for faculty, staff and students using all of our innovative instructional software. By facilitating more course materials to be available online, the Academic Technology Department also breaks down equity and access barriers to ensure that students are more likely to persist and complete their degrees.

(Back)Matt Jones, David Greenfield, Bill Moseley
(Front) Pam Rivers, Anita Karr, and Tracy Lovelace

Dean Bill Moseley leads the Academic Technology team, and Pamela Rivers manages the day-to-day operations for both Academic Technology and Professional Development. Matt Jones is a faculty member who teaches many of the Academic Technology workshops, including the online teaching certificate program, and Tracy Lovelace works with instructors one-on-one to assist with Canvas. David Greenfield is the eLumen expert on the team, and Anita Karr is the executive secretary.

In addition to providing Canvas workshops throughout the year, Academic Technology handles several major initiatives for the college. With the help of the CTE team and several faculty members, for instance, Academic Technology was able to write a successful grant application to bring our CTE programs online. The team is also working to develop a cutting-edge badging system that tracks a student’s learning progression throughout a course, creating a Peer Online Course Review system, and maintaining the new online college catalog. Stay tuned for more information about the adoption of a new scheduling platform, as well.

Professional Development and Flex Week

Matt Jones leading a workshop

Professional Development falls under the umbrella of Academic Technology, and the two departments work hand-in-hand to foster BC’s core values of learning, wellness, and diversity. The team has a number of great workshops planned for the Spring 2020 Flex Week, which include a digital badging workshop by Matt Jones, a workshop on creating Wix websites by David Greenfield, and a workshop on tips and tricks in Outlook by Todd Coston. As part of the wellness core value, Chef Alex Gomez will teach faculty and staff about healthy living in sessions in the kitchen inside the Renegade Room.

Distinguished Speaker Series Continues

Temple Grandin crowd
BC hosted Temple Grandin in 2019

The start of the Spring 2020 semester is right around the corner, and with it comes the return of the Distinguished Speaker Series organized by the Office of Student Life. The community is invited to attend these events.

  • February 6, 2020 – Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • Marck 19, 2020 – Elaine Weiss
  • April 2, 2020 – Dr. Tony B. Iton

These events are helpful opportunities to get our community engaged in important issues that affect society, and I hope to see a packed house for all of our Distinguished Speakers.

SGA wants student feedback regarding transportation

Some students ride bikes to campus. Last year, bike racks were installed at BCSW.

The Bakersfield College Student Government Association will send out a survey to better understand the wants and needs of the student population as a whole. The survey collect demographics of students, ideal events and times, specific issues around campus, and revisiting the transportation bill based on the student body’s feedback. BCSGA’s main goals with this survey is:

  1. To host events that the students want and when is the most ideal for them.
  2. To tackle and solve the most pressing issues that student body sees.
  3. To build and shape the transportation bill to ensure that it meets the student’s needs before BCSGA elections in April.

BCSGA wants to focus on gathering data and evaluating themselves to prove to not only themselves but also to BC that their work is for the students by the students.

Fun Holiday Photos

Vice President Billie Jo Rice enjoyed time with her grandkids over the break.

And Faculty David Rohac and Ginger Leblanc dressed in matching Christmas sweater designs

Community Voices: Jack Hernandez

Jack Hernandez regularly contributes to the Bakersfield Californian and this holiday season Check it out at Bakersfield.com.

Fun Photos: Campus at Sunrise

Early one morning before we left for break, Marketing staff, Earl Parsons took some photos of the sunrise from the balcony between the Performing Arts Center and the second floor of CSS.

Renegade Athletics – Top Moments of 2019

Over the course of the past calendar year Renegade Athletics has witnessed another record round of accomplishments for the department. As we close out 2019 here’s a look back at the ‘Top 12’ moments:

  • 12. Installation of the new field turf/track in Memorial Stadium over the summer. 
  • 11. The Dean & Adah Gay Sports Complex being named the 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Field of the Year for the California Junior College Level.
  • 10. Daizhiana Ebert breaking the 22 year old Women’s Long Jump record in May. Her jump of 19’ 6 1/4” broke the previous record of 19’ 5 1/4” made in 1997 by Aisha Harrison.
  • 9. Wrestling winning the SCWA Conference title for the third time in the last four years. They would go on to place 3rd in the state to end the season. 
  • 8. Baseball claiming their second straight outright Western State Conference (WSC) Championship, going 15-5 in conference.
  • 7. Softball winning their second straight outright Western State Conference (WSC) title this last spring, going 16-0 in conference play.
  • 6. Kayleen Sanchez from Women’s Tennis winning the Western State Conference (WSC) Women’s Tennis Singles Championship and then with partner Paige Darstein they won the WSC Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship.
  • 5. Jacob Whitby from Renegade Track and Field winning a second straight Western State Conference (WSC) title in discus. He was later named the 2019 WSC Co-Field Athlete of the Year.
  • 4. Renegade Volleyball winning their FOURTH consecutive Western State Conference (WSC) Championship this fall.
  • 3. Renegade Swimming’s Daran Towns being named the 2019 Western State Conference (WSC) Co-Female Swimmer of the Year and setting THREE new school records this season in the 100m Free, 200m Free and the 500m Free!
  • 2. Renegade Wrestling’s Jonathan Hunter being named the 174 lb. State Champion and receiving All-American honors at the CCCAA State Wresting Championships this fall; leading the team to an overall 3rd place state finish.
  • 1. Renegade Men’s Soccer winning the Western State Conference Championship for the first time in program history this last fall!

Athletic events ‘On the Hill’ this coming week

Be sure to put on your Renegade Red and cheer on our student athletes as they compete this coming week. If you can’t make it in person, check GoGades.com to catch the livestream. Events include:
• Sat. 1/11 – Women’s Basketball vs. Citrus, 3pm
• Sat. 1/11 – Men’s Basketball vs. Citrus 5pm


Happy New Year!! May 2020 be filled with happiness, laughter, peace, and success!

Closing the chapter of 2019

January 2016 2:35-minute video by Manny de Los Santos

Good morning, Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, December 28, 2019…My last blog entry for 2019. A great day to be a Renegade.

Take a look at the highlights from 2019. Each header is a link to a featured blog post from that month. So don’t forget to click on the header.

Sonya Christian
The Luckiest and Happiest College President

Happy New Year

Happy New Decade

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